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What are the pedagogical foundations for the program?

The TESOL Certificate Program is comprised of two components: pedagogical foundations and teaching practice. 

Firstly, you will participate in courses to increase your knowledge and understanding of the following areas:

  • The learning environment
  • English language grammar
  • Teaching the four macro-skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing)
  • Classroom management
  • Lesson planning
  • Materials evaluation
  • Cross-cultural issues
  • Testing and assessment
  • ESL/EFL methods and materials
  • Professional development 

Secondly, teacher trainees prepare and practice in peer groups before teaching actual ESL/EFL lessons under the supervision of qualified instructors. The instructors lead seminars and feedback sessions on these lessons to help teacher trainees develop both as effective teachers and as reflective practitioners. You will be required to observe experienced teachers in the field as part of their coursework.  Additional skills developed through practicum project work include language analysis tasks and lesson/unit planning.

Note: The curriculum has been developed and designed by UCSB Extension. It follows the guidelines established by the University of Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), which is one of the most widely recognized international teaching qualifications for ESL/EFL teachers.

The TESOL instructors are practicing professionals from the community. They have worked in a number of different settings and countries. The instructors have been chosen for their personal commitment, academic background, teaching ability, and professional expertise.


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